One Last Thing

Empathy key to problem-solving

Tonya Harris | Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence executive director When I became the executive director of RICADV, I knew my life’s work had...
Marc Perlman is CEO and principal owner of Ocean State Job Lot. The North Kingstown-based company generates over $725 million in annual sales across 140 stores in nine states. Perlman co-founded OSJL with his brother, Alan, and a college friend in 1977. He is also a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, involved in businesses that include restaurants, auto dealerships, soap manufacturing, pet supplies, real estate and more. / COURTESY OCEAN STATE JOB LOT

Trust your team

Marc Perlman | Ocean State Job Lot CEO Every company leader has been challenged with a new responsibility: to protect the health of our associates...
Kristin Urbach has been executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce since 2015. The Chamber is one of Rhode Island’s leading business membership and trade organizations and represents more than 400 businesses, including Quonset Business Park. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New ways to live and work

Kristin Urbach | North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce executive director As a result of the new coronavirus, we are learning how to work and live...
Brad Read started his career in sailing as a sailmaker on Aquidneck Island. Twenty-two years ago, at the age of 33, he was brought on to be executive director of Sail Newport, home to New England’s largest public sailing center. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Return with ‘open arms’

Bradford S. Read | Sail Newport executive director Understanding the financial, emotional and health toll this pandemic has taken on our communities, we’ve all taken...
Robert I. Burke has owned downtown Providence restaurant Pot au Feu since 1986. A history enthusiast, he created the city’s Independence Trail in 2007. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘There’s always a way!’

Robert I. Burke | Pot au Feu owner; Independence Trail creator We donned masks, gloves, shoes and hair bonnets, safety glasses and a full-length moon...
Keith Kelly has lived and worked in Rhode Island for more than 25 years and has nearly 35 years of experience in the banking industry. He joined Citizens Bank 10 years ago and became state president of the Rhode Island-based, super-regional bank in 2017. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Trust your instincts

Keith Kelly | Citizens Bank Rhode Island president I see my role as a leader as part teacher and part motivator. I want to both...
David C. Reiss began his career working with the developmentally disabled in 1978, as part of direct-care staff at the now-closed Joseph H. Ladd Center. He has been CEO of the Fogarty Center, the largest nonprofit developmental-disability agency in Rhode Island, since 2013. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

IDD workers eager to learn

David C. Reiss | Fogarty Center CEO People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are valuable members of the community. Many folks have paid employment. They...
Deborah L. Ruggiero is president of DR Communications LLC, a Jamestown advertising and marketing company she started in 2012. She’s also served as a Democratic state representative for Jamestown and Middletown 
since 2008 and is the creator and host of the award-winning radio show, “Amazing Women,” which highlights Rhode Island women who make a difference. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Stay present, stay in touch

Deborah L. Ruggiero | DR Communications LLC president This invisible enemy, the new corona­virus, has tested our resources. The suffering has been real on every...
Michael J. LaBella has more than 35 years of banking-industry experience. He joined TD Bank in 2005 and has since taken on positions of increasing responsibility. He is currently TD’s commercial market president for Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Leading in times of crisis

Michael J. LaBella | TD Bank commercial market president In this unprecedented time, COVID-19 has disrupted daily life and business operations. Even with the current...
Joseph R. Paolino Jr. became mayor of Providence at just 29 years old in 1984 – at that time he was the youngest mayor of a major city in the country. He went on to become director of the then-R.I Department of Economic Development under Gov. Bruce Sundlun and was eventually appointed as the United States ambassador to Malta by President Bill Clinton. Today, he is the managing partner of his four-generation family real estate and development business, Paolino Properties. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Listen, then get to work

Joseph R. Paolino Jr. | Paolino Properties managing partner Whether you’re leading a city, a nonprofit board or a business, I believe the most important...

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